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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Merlin Mountain
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:53 pm 
BoTM Winner
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Elev12k you weren't wrong, it was off a wee bit on further inspection...

I have resolved the unsightliness, thanks for the scrutiny!


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Merlin Mountain
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:36 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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one of the nicest ones of seen dude, really dig it!!! cranks are lovely


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Another classy build from you sir 8) 8)


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Merlin Mountain
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:40 pm 
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Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Gorgeous bike.

I wouldn´t change a thing.


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Merlin Mountain
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:06 am 
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Finally had a stretch of dry weather, enough to dry up the mud. Time to take the Merlin out on a proper trail ride. Put some 'sensible' tires on it and off we went...

Image20180211_114035 by shamalama88, on Flickr

The bike handled better than I had hoped. A great climber, with a nice stretched out riding position. Stiffer than I had expected, with just the right amount of spring. The forks really complement the frame; a slightly long a2c of 415mm slackens the geometry just a touch, putting the bike in a nice sweet spot for handling. The bar is a bit over 24" which makes for very comfortable and confident steering. The SweetWings cranks are very stiff, with great power transfer.

All in all a better-than-hoped for ride, and another goddamn keeper lol...

Image20180211_125258 by shamalama88, on Flickr

Image20180215_154124 by shamalama88, on Flickr

Image20180215_154023 by shamalama88, on Flickr

Image20180215_153958 by shamalama88, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:53 pm 
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I like it :D
Those cranks are lovely :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Merlin Mountain
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:30 am 
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Don't like the crank, but that fork on a Merlin is sexy.


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Another beauty 8) And some good riding feedback too. We need more of that on RB.


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 Post subject: Re: 1992 Merlin Mountain
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:37 pm 
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Thanks M-Power, I feel the same, it would be nice to hear more often how people's bikes actually ride/feel. Most of us have multiple bikes; its cool to be able to compare them and tweak. I am still trying to figure out what my favorite bikes are, or even to be able to rank them.

The Sweet Wing cranks sure divide a room! I like them a lot, but may swap them out for something earlier. I do love being able to run a 20 tooth granny though!!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:39 pm 
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Detailed bike reviews, comparisons if possible, is prolly the single biggest thing thats lacking on this site - imo, apart from its limited functionality. So many unusual high end and in some cases very rare bikes but seldom a ride review ( pros and cons ).

We can’t own all the iconic retro bikes but id sure as hell like to know what im missing :lol:


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